The Bruins and Taylor Hall have finally made it official.
With almost the entire world knowing that the sides were on the cusp of a deal, Hall and the Bruins officially, officially agreed to an extension Friday night, with the 29-year-old set to make $24 million over the next four years in Boston.
“The Bruins are excited that Taylor wanted to remain a Boston Bruin and we are thrilled to have signed him to a multi-year contract,” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said. “He is an impact player that brings speed, scoring, skill and two-way commitment to our lineup. He fit seamlessly into our locker room and will be an integral part of our organization’s goal to compete for the Stanley Cup.”
Acquired from the Sabres (along with Curtis Lazar) in exchange for Anders Bjork and a 2021 second-round pick as Hall used his no-move clause to make his way to Boston, and delivered for the B’s second line on his 2021 second chance.
Skating with David Krejci and Craig Smith, Hall put up eight goals and 14 points in 16 regular season contests, and added three goals and five points in 11 postseason games. The 2021 postseason also came with the first postseason series victory of Hall’s 11-year NHL career, which came with just two postseason appearances through his first 10 seasons.
Hall, the No. 1 overall pick from the 2010 NHL Draft and winner of the Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP in 2017-18, has compiled 228 goals and 596 points in 680 career games between five NHL franchises.
The extension with the Black and Gold will make Hall the fourth-highest paid Boston forward, sitting behind Patrice ($6.875 million), David Pastrnak ($6.66 million), and Brad Marchand ($6.125 million).
It will also leave the Bruins with just over $20 million in projected cap space and with some needs to address.
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